“youth is wasted on the young: become a super-ager”
SENIOR YOGA INSTRUCTOR Wayne Lèal, has been described by the Telegraph newspaper as ‘A remarkable SUPER-AGER’. He has cheated death, injured every major joint in his body and had several invasive surgeries.
Wayne said; ‘Nobody is born with wisdom. It is something we must discover for ourselves; knowledge from a series of experiences that forms our identity. The discipline to exercise is not necessarily there in people who need to do it the most. When you want to exercise, but don’t, it, most likely, results from not being sufficiently motivated. You will only achieve something if you really want it; it’s as simple as that.’
The SUPER-AGEING programme is not borrowed it comes from; experience, study, facts, research, observation, and investigation. It is based on practices that date back thousands of years – emphasising intense control of mind and body. One of the most important ideas underpinning the SUPER-AGEING philosophy is an interoceptive awareness between body, mind, and feelings. We all communicate feelings in different ways, but most of these feelings are communicated unconsciously, through body language.
SUPER-AGER Fitness requires the conscious practice of pranayama; to teach people how to control the breath and thus moderate the activity of the mind. This is the key to realising the benefits of any exercise – movement through meditation. Therein the Yoga of Fitness. He says: ‘People are very good at starting a new exercise plan, but the discipline to exercise regularly is where they fail.’ His training is a tool-kit for body confidence, to give you a clear sense of personal accountability and self-responsibility, to help you stick to your plan to achieve your goal. Especially when you feel you don’t have the time or don’t know where to start.
“Our greatest achievement will be our ability to live a healthier, and longer life”
• Researchers from McMaster University have found that regular exercise has been shown to stave off and reverse the signs of early ageing.
• Scientists say that just 10 per cent of ageing is down to genetics – the rest is lifestyle.
• That’s good news, as it means we all have the potential to future-proof our bodies and become ‘Super-Agers.’
THE PIONEERING BASIS of ‘SUPER-AGER Fitness’ is a strategy for Mind Fitness, Change, Confidence, and Discipline. And the encompassing of two interchangeable, back-friendly, low impact, high calorie burn programmes: SUPER-AGER Yoga (JUMPGA) and KUN-AQUA – non-swimming training (imagine Tai-Chi in the water).
The term ‘SUPER-AGER Fitness’ does not conjure an image of former middleweight boxer Darren Barker becoming the world champion using the training in place of traditional boxing training. But that is the beauty of the ‘SUPER-AGER Fitness’ program: that even world-ranked professional boxers and Premier league footballers have used the training.
The program was originally designed for people who want to future-proof their body – combat age-related issues such as body confidence, weight gain, low energy levels, lack of drive; changes that can bring physical limitations. It acknowledges the simple fact that getting your mind and body into shape at 40 and over is different to the one you faced at 20.
Ageing is inevitable, but how we age is different for everyone. The desire to defy age and improve physical performance is as ancient as human history itself. When people rush back into exercise after a long lay-off they are more susceptible to sprains, pulled muscles, fractures, shin splints and other injuries – overdoing it in a sudden need to get fit again.
“super-ageING should be available on the NHS.”
JUMPGA: endorsed by the Yoga Alliance Professionals
‘JUMPGA’ is a hybrid of two disciplines: rebounding and yoga, creating an entirely new exercise plan. It encompasses the five pillars of fitness: Cardio – Balance – Strength – Mobility – Flexibility.
Although designed as a home yoga fitness program, JUMPGA has become the most publicised class at Champneys – the UK’s No1 health spa group, and introduced yoga asana to the most resistant people, including professional boxers and footballers.
Using the rebounder as a prop during yoga sequences enables a person to feel the benefits of the postures regardless of their level of flexibility, age or physical condition. It can help them access postures they might not otherwise be able to do. It will help modify the poses as they learn the fundamentals of yoga.
How do you define yoga? JumpGa will prove to be the most powerful form of movement: a complete holistic cycle – from ecstatic jumping expression to the quiet meditative state of savasana. Physically, it produces molecular changes in muscle similar to going for a long run and lifting weights, thus it provides the same fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time.
Wayne has taught at several of the world’s top spas, but the place he loves most is his secret studio. A hidden gem that has been nominated for The London Lifestyle Awards. It is by-invitation-only access and is an intimate workout space without a treadmill or the usual gym equipment. The only real evidence of its existence are the sweaty bodies posted on Instagram.
“WAYNE Lèal is a remarkable super-ager”
WAYNE LÈAL’S NON-SWIMMING water exercises improve mobility and strength, increase circulation, rehabilitate healing muscles, and control body weight.
Kun-Aqua meditative sequences teach you how to slow down in a state of wellness. When practiced enough times, you will be in touch with your feelings and not just your body and thoughts.
Water is 12-15 times more resistant than air. The workouts provide 75% greater resistance than swimming because it maximises the pull of water against your movements, strengthening your muscles more effectively than swimming, where the goal is to glide through the water efficiently.
You don’t have to work up a sweat to get fit
People who don’t fancy working up a sweat – or aren’t able to – can get the benefits of exercise without the huffing and puffing.
Graceful, meditative ‘Kun-Aqua’ walking, may look slow and not feel as difficult as when you are doing faster movements, but it still leads to similar increases in heart rate as moderate intensity exercise; providing the benefits to improve blood pressure and the flexibility of blood vessels.
ALLEVIATING BACK PAIN
Back and neck pain are very common, and statistics have shown that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. KUN-AQUA is more likely to improve lower back pain than traditional exercise, because the water resisting movements elicit the greatest muscle activation of the entire three layers of the intrinsic back muscles.
SUPER-AGER Fitness can improve skeletal muscle mass, power, and strength to keep us moving freely throughout our busy lives.
FROM THE TIME you are born to around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. Beyond your 30s, you will start to lose muscle mass and function. The cause is age-related sarcopenia as we get older, and less active.
Even if you are active, you’ll still have some muscle loss. Worst still is that physically inactive people can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass each decade after age 30.
Unless something is done to actively protect, build up and maintain that lean muscle mass, our bodies will require fewer calories. Your metabolism will slow, and the lost muscle mass will be replaced by fat. The primary treatment for sarcopenia is exercise, specifically resistance training to increase muscle strength, mass, and endurance.
Muscle has a higher metabolic rate than fat, so more muscle means greater calorie burn during exercise and rest. One study from the American College of Sports Medicine says that muscle loss is the greatest contributor to age-related decline in metabolism, and claim that by adding just 2-4 pounds of muscle to your body, you could burn 100 extra calories a day at rest.
As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise.
SMOOTHIES ARE GOOD for you! but some a far better than others. Pre-made smoothies tend to be high in hidden sugars because they use large quantities of fruit in their blends.
Wayne’s go-to smoothie contains spinach + avocado + Beetroot + Blackberries + Protein. The addition of texture such as nuts, seeds, coconut chips, raw cacao, oats or granolas can make you more satisfied post smoothie. Includeing things like turmeric, ginger, or parsley can bring a specific ‘therapeutic’ quality to the smoothie.
The protein and fats are key to a healthful blend.
They take longer to digest and thus slow the release of energy from the rest of the ingredients. This then keeps your blood sugar on an even keel and prevents a ‘quick fix’ that dies away rapidly, allowing hunger to reappear again rather sharpish. The other important benefit to note is that the fat-soluble vitamins; A, D, E and K, are more readily absorbed in the presence of fats, so a small amount in the smoothie will actually increase the amount of nutrients gained from it.
‘If you only read one fitness book… make it LONE W•O•L•F’
Facebook, Instagram, Magazines and books all describe the keys to a ‘Better You’, with endless motivational or inspirational quotes. Yet people still fail to achieve their goal. This can often be attributed to their inability to value the reciprocal relationship between body and mind.
Your physical self influences your mind and emotions. Many men want to lose weight, get ‘ripped’ and gain muscle. They believe that they would have better ‘body confidence’ if they could achieve this. Women are more complex in many ways, but those who exercise find they are better able to accept, appreciate, and respect themselves – achieving ‘body confidence’. Conversely, SUPER-AGERS set a behavioural expectation through regular exercise so that gaining ‘body confidence’ does not require much effort at all.
SUPER-AGEING is the gateway to:
- Getting your body to a place where you can feel more confident about yourself.
- Lowering your biological age to improve weight loss—with do-able exercises.
- Increasing your mobility, flexibility and strength, to combat age-related changes.
- Multidisciplinary training (physical and psychological) to reduce chronic back pain.
LONE W•O•L•F is Wayne Lèal’s SUPER-AGER story – former Businessman of the Year award-winner, health coach and entrepreneur. It is retold by those who have followed his guidance and achieved their goals.
‘Shed the pounds and tone up without pounding a treadmill or lifting weights’
ASK THE baby-Boomer generation about growing old gracefully and the collective reply is “No thank you”.
Turning 40 is crossing the threshold into middle age a time when we begin to put on weight more easily, take longer to get fit and the body takes longer to recover from niggling injuries. Super-Ager Fitness retreats are the closest you will get to an exercise pill. To combat age-related changes and keep you looking years younger than you actually are.
During your stay you will quickly start to feel more engaged and more empowered, so that you really can make and maintain healthier choices when you return to your everyday life. It is about fitness but in a way that supports and celebrates your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Although the retreat is both physically and mentally challenging it is also inspiring, informative, invigorating and nurturing. You also will learn a capsule JumpGa programme that can be easily replicated at home. You will follow an 8-16 intermittent eating pattern. You fast for 16 hours and eat what you want (within reason) during an 8-hour window.
‘Mr.SUPER-AGER: THE HEALTH BANKER’
‘You cannot resist an
idea whose time has come.’
HEALTH COACHING DIFFERS from personal training and counselling because it focuses on improving your quality of life. To help you maintain an optimal state of health, rather than addressing an emotional or physical problem.
A prerequisite to ‘SUPER-AGEING’ is setting a behavioural expectation through regular exercise just like brushing your teeth daily. It will help you to achieve a life-affirming fitness goal without the pain, strain and accompanying boredom.
Wayne says, ‘When practiced intuitively ‘Super-Ager Fitness’ offers practical methods for controlling body and mind. To encourage exercise as a behavioural expectation–a commitment to yourself, that in turn, becomes a mark of personal accountability.’
SKYPE sessions enable you to work out remotely from your home anywhere in the world. Or you can visit his private central London studio.
THE DAY covers all aspects of ‘Super-Ager Fitness’ including JUMPGA and KUN-AQUA. Typically runs from 10am-5pm, accommodation is available on request.